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Monday 5 June 2023 Dublin: 18°C


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# The Beast
Planning to drive this week? Here's the advice for car-owners ahead of the severe wintry weather
Here’s what to do before you set out, or if you encounter snow or ice.
# feature creep
You're going to need a PSC to get any kind of driving licence or learner permit from April
Driving licence applications will become the latest state process to be added to the Public Services Card’s remit in just under seven weeks.
# Weather
Icy showers and up to 3cm of snow forecast as authorities issue safety advice
Motorists are advised to take extra care, and people are being reminded to check in on elderly neighbours and relatives.
# speed
Gardaí aren't replacing their 'robot' speed vans - meaning fewer checks on Irish roads
It follows a recommendation from the Garda Inspectorate that the vehicles should not be replaced.
# Road Safety Authority
Road users urged to be cautious when out tonight and tomorrow
The RSA has offered tips to people who will be driving during this period, when orange and yellow weather warnings have been issued.
# Road Safety
Last year saw the lowest number of deaths on Irish roads since records began in 1959
This compares to 186 deaths as a result of 174 crashes in 2016.
Opinion: Why is the Irish driving test so hard and so expensive?
The driving test is not really a test of your ability to drive safely; it’s a test of your ability to drive flawlessly for one session, writes Barry Dunning.
# Be Safe
Gardaí tell people to 'gift a lift' this Christmas as drink driving arrests increase
Road deaths are down this year, but gardaí said they will not be complacent in the run up to Christmas.
# so very cold
Motorists warned to slow down as snow-ice alert remains in place
The weather is thankfully expected to get a bit milder over the coming days.
# safe home
Heading home on the M4? Long delays anticipated due to flooding
Drivers are being told to delay their journey, use public transport or take alternative routes this evening.
# World Remembrance Day
'The devastation in the room is palpable': Events held nationwide in memory of road traffic victims
Today is the international day for remembering all those killed on our roads.
# Road Safety
'I wouldn't be more forgiving of someone who was drunk the morning after if he killed my child'
The families of people who have died in road collisions gathered in Dublin today for a candlelit ceremony.
# misinformationfest
'If you post one out I'll cut it up and send it back': The PSC has people both enraged and deeply confused
Both the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and the Road Safety Authority have walked into a blizzard of criticism over the expansion of the Public Services Card (PSC).
# breath test scandal
RSA says people may have been killed or injured because of falsified breath tests
Around 400,000 more tests were falsified than earlier reported, according to a new report this week.
# driver reviver
Road authority to provide free cups of coffee to drivers over bank holiday weekend
The RSA and gardaí have implored cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians to wear high-visibility clothing when on the roads over the weekend as the clocks go back.
# Road Safety
Farmers are up in arms about the new 'NCT for tractors'
Certain tractors will have to undergo the roadworthiness testing from May of next year.
# Going Up
Penalty points for using a mobile phone while driving could be increased
Minister for Transport Shane Ross said he was willing to raise the points.
# Road Safety
RSA says Public Services Card will help crack down on fraudulent driving licences
The card has been under the spotlight recently after a number of stories of people losing out on public services.
# Back To School
'One death is just too many': Parents told to put high-vis vests on kids as they cycle and walk to school
The RSA said children are particularly vulnerable road users and parents should ensure drivers can see them.
# stay safe
Drivers caught for minor road offences will now face a drink driving breath test
New research has found that 10% of Irish drivers admitted to drink driving last year.
# what's in a name?
So, what's the deal with Ireland naming and shaming drink drivers?
Come December, Ireland is to begin naming and shaming people convicted of a host of road traffic offences.
# Be Safe
Most fatal road collisions happened between 2pm and 4pm this year
Between 1 January and 30 June this year, there have been 72 fatal collisions on Irish roads.
# Be Safe
Road safety experts warn 78 more people may die on roads this year if current trends continue
“They could be relations of mine or yours.”
# no restraint
A third of motorists caught without seatbelts didn't pay their fine last year
Some of the offences related to under-17s passengers.
# Gender Gap
Male drivers rack up penalty points twice as often as women over a decade
Since the introduction of penalty points Ireland’s male drivers have received the lion’s share of fixed charge notices for road infractions.
# Your Say
Poll: Does the risk of penalty points affect your driving?
Incurring penalty points can make your insurance more expensive and even disqualify you from driving.
# pay the penalty
Ranked - the counties where you're most likely to have received penalty points
Some counties with the worst road fatality records in Ireland incur the least penalty points in the country.
# necessary measures
Could this personalised breathalyser be the solution to Ireland's drink-driving woes?
Interlock ignition systems are just one of the drink-driving deterrents that were showcased at yesterday’s RSA international conference.
# not going away
'There's no county without drink drivers' - April was the worst month in five years for alcohol offences
Road fatalities on Irish roads, at 63 for 2017 to date, are however down 13 on the same time last year.
# drive slow
Motorists warned about 'greasy roads' as heavy rain forecast for weekend
RSA CEO Moyagh Murdock warned that roads are more slippery when it rains after a dry spell.
# road worthy
Here are the places where you're most likely to pass your NCT
Kilkenny had the highest pass rate in the country last year, while Clifden had the lowest.
# Stout argument
Danny Healy Rae says people who eat big meals and drive are a 'danger on the roads'
RSA boss Moyagh Murdock is before an Oireachtas joint committee today.
# Drive safely
Free coffee and drug warnings as motorists advised to take care this May bank holiday
There were no deaths on the roads during the Easter weekend, and authorities are calling for the same this time around.
# lunch crunch
Poll: Should fines for speeding be linked to how much you earn?
Your daily bite-sized ballot break.
# a fine idea
Those who earn more will pay higher speeding fines under proposed safety law changes
The Road Safety Authority said it will be watching the UK’s road laws with interest.
# Irish Roads
Half of the population believes drivers shouldn't be banned for having alcohol in their system
There is little appetite for stricter rules around driving and alcohol among the Irish population.
# all the facts
FactFind: Is Shane Ross right to say his drink-driving bill could save 35 lives?
We take a closer look at the facts surrounding the Minister for Transport’s controversial proposals.
# crashed lives
The State spends millions on road safety campaigns each year - but are they effective?
New figures show the RSA spent €2.6 million across four campaigns.
# This starts tonight
'I can have one joint, right?' Everything you need to know about roadside drug testing
New devices were unveiled to reporters today. Here’s what you need to know.
# breath test scandal
Road safety chief welcomes news that the Garda Traffic Corps is to be reformed
Moyagh Murdock said people had felt let down by recent garda revelations.